Sea Lilies

Ursula Glienecke Sealilies

Sea lily (lat. Bourgueticrinida) is a sea animal that lives deep in the ocean. It belongs to the order of crinoids. Crinoidea comes from the Greek word krinon, “a lily”, and eidos, “form“. They are attached to the seabed by a slender stalk and are known as sea lilies.

While other groups of crinoids flourished during the Permian, bourgueticrinids along with other living orders did not appear until the Triassic, following a mass extinction event in which nearly all crinoids died out.

They are animals of a brittle beauty that is usually hidden from human eyes.

Methacrylate (50x30x20cm)



The limbic system of the brain includes the hippocampus and the amygdala among other parts. They are responsible for the emotional life of a human being and the formation of memories. The process of information exchange between them is disrupted by traumatic events – like abuse.

Numerous children all around the world experience physical, mental or sexual abuse. In your adult life after a trauma you may have upsetting thoughts, memories, or nightmares of the event. You may feel numb or cut off from other people. You may also avoid things that remind you of the event even if you are not able to remember what happened.

Other symptoms – like constant state of alarm and vigilance, depression, insomnia, lack of self-confidence, self-loathing, panic attacks, diverse psychosomatic symptoms – can disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.

The “magic formula” of Trauma Therapy born in the Neuroscience is to integrate. One needs to realize, recognize and integrate one’s past, one’s trauma in the life story before it stops to control ones present life.

Resin, Acrylic, Mixed Media (installation, animation)





Safe as Houses

Ursula Glienecke Safe

Safe as Houses

… an English saying indicating perfect certainty and safety when in doubt.

How many people in this world are dreaming of safety?

How many are aching for just one good night’s sleep? Numerous people suffer from insomnia which is either stress or trauma induced.

How wonderful it would be to sleep peacefully and in safety just once…

A see-through, almost invisible form of a house creates an illusion of an enclosed place, of safety and protection.

The Methacrylate suggests a dream-like quality of the space. In the middle a transparent, insubstantial figure is sleeping deeply.

Is she dreaming of safety?

Is she protecting herself?

Is someone protecting her?

Or is she just a dream herself?

Ursula Glienecke safe2

Methacrylate , plastic , tempera on canvas 20×20 25x30cm

Summer Door


When walking through the villages in the Catalonian mountains in summertime one notices airy, see through chains of plastic, strings of beads or little pearls waving in the wind. These “fly curtains” are hanging in the doors of all the small shops- the baker, the butcher, the cheese shop. The vegetable and fruit shop, which sells the owners own produce from the garden and mushrooms gathered in the nearby forest.

How long will they still be there? Will they survive or will they in time give way to big city supermarkets with automatic doors and air-condition?

The transparency and brittleness of the methacrylate suggests their vulnerability, the fragility of their existence. The recycled metal speaks of antiquity and the alabaster tells of the crispiness of the countryside where it was found.

Methacrylate, alabaster, recycled metal (33x23x6cm)

Ursula Glienecke Summer Door 1

Ursula Glienecke Summer Door

Freedom and Roots


A female figure is gently swaying in the wind. Is she growing upwards from her roots? Or is she held back by them?

Roots are considered the most important thing in my culture. Your country, your history, your house. You are not supposed to leave them. But what about freedom, growth and transformation?

She is wearing the collar of a Presbyterian pastor, which is a tension in itself: Presbyterians were among the first to fight for women’s rights and the right to vote; yet they also gave fundamentalism its name.

The collar of a female pastor could be the sign of change towards openness and transformation.

Women’s ordination is still denied in many countries (or even taken back as in the case of Latvian Lutheran church). Not to mention huge and important denominations such as Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches who do not ordain women at all. The situation in other world religions is mostly not much better.

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wire, chicken wire, wood (2,30m)

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